Companies have to keep an eye on their costs and production efficiency. The “smart Power Networks” energy management system not only provides data on energy consumption, but also on condition monitoring. This data can be processed on a cross-system basis in the age of ‘Industry 4.0’. Production processes are becoming more efficient and cost-effective.

The ‘smart Power Networks’ system is able to feature as a key element here, as it allows data from the field level to also be made available for business applications. The ‘smart Power Networks’ system provides the foundation required, as all relevant energy flows are measured and the data is processed on a cross-system basis.

New system functions include an integrated Sankey diagram, dynamic threshold value monitoring, key figure calculation and individual dashboards for internal and external data. ‘smart Power Networks’ is therefore not simply an energy management system but also provides answers to questions concerning production efficiency and condition monitoring and also makes ‘Industry 4.0’ transparent. Through systematic monitoring and the deployment of standardised protocols and interfaces, such as OPC UA, ‘smart Power Networks’ is also easily integrated into the dynamic environments of ‘Industry 4.0’.

Moreover, the integrated network switch provides the option of expanding the network and can also be deployed in modern industrial networks thanks to the integrated management functions. To record measurement data, measuring systems are combined with the Ha-VIS smartPN unit which monitors, converts and transmits the data via Ethernet to the central software components. The integrated digital outputs enable direct feeding back into the processes.

The web-based software can be adapted to personal requirements and provides many evaluation options. An alert/alarm system and automatic, regular reporting of self-defined report areas is also integrated and can be tailored to the company organisation by means of user groups. The live-view function also enables direct analysis of the measurements of identically constructed systems, for example, through to a resolution of a few seconds.

This database and the extensive evaluation options quickly and easily open up energy-saving potential and documents the savings achieved by the implemented measures. The ‘smart Power Networks’ energy management system meets the requirements for certification pursuant to DIN EN ISO 50001 which is a stipulation for a number of funding and energy tax relief schemes.
Here is an operational example of the successful application of ‘smart Power Networks’. As a supplier of regenerative energy, energy efficiency is one of ZEA Green Energy’s key corporate objectives. The Dutch company based in Uchte produces almost climate-neutral bio-methane for industrial applications from renewable energy sources, such as silage from maize or turnips.

Production processes are becoming more efficient and cost-effective.

In order to effectively deploy every kilowatt hour during production as far as possible while also meeting the requirements for certification in accordance with the Peak Balancing Efficient System Ordinance (SpaEfV), ZEA Green Energy has integrated the ‘smart Power Networks’ energy management system at its facilities. In connection with this step, the company has clearly defined objectives and expectations:

  • Improvement of the energy balance through increased efficiency and optimised processes
  • Raising awareness of energy efficiency through transparent consumption data
  • Certification in accordance with the Peak Balancing Efficient System Ordinance (SpaEfV)

The ‘smart Power Networks’ system provides the foundation required, as all relevant energy flows are measured and the data is processed in an expedient manner. Therefore, ‘smart Power Networks’ is not simply an energy management system, but is also able to provide data for future applications as part of ‘Industry 4.0’ on aspects such as production efficiency and condition monitoring